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Gunman Kills 14 In Swiss Parliment, Kills Himself  
User currently offlineSin777er From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1107 times:

Gunman kills 14 in Swiss parliament horror

The attacker, with a score to settle, also wounded 10 others when he opened fire with the automatic before killing himself

ZUG (Switzerland) - A man armed with an automatic rifle burst into a regional parliament in central Switzerland yesterday and opened fire, killing 14 people, before committing suicide, officials and police said.

The attacker, said to have a grievance with the local authorities, wore a policeman's uniform when he burst into the parliament's chamber at about 10.30 am in Zug, near Lucerne, local medial reports said.

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Police in Zug said three members of the local government were among the victims and 10 others were wounded in the rampage during which the man emptied five magazines from the automatic rifle before turning the weapon on himself.

Swiss News Agency ATS reported that 'there was blood everywhere', with casualties lying on the floor and small fires in the assembly hall.

Police found a letter that referred to a 'day of reckoning for the Zug mafia'.

The attacker, a Swiss national from the Zurich region, was also armed with a pistol. More weapons were found in his car, which was parked in front of the building.

Police sealed off the centre of Zug, a wealthy, lakeside town near Zurich, best-known within Switzerland for its low tax rate.

Mr Viktor Schaech, who runs a kiosk near the parliament building, said he was chatting to a friend when he heard the sound of shooting.

'It was complete chaos,' he said. 'It was absolutely awful. I'm still in shock.'

Although gun ownership is widespread in Switzerland, violent crime is rare and there are only minimal controls at public buildings. Politicians rarely have police protection.

--AP, AFP
From the Straits Times Singapore


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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

This is the first time I've ever heard of something like this in Switzerland. It seems like the American spree killings that have become popular over the past 10-15 years have finally made it over here.

The guy used a SIG-90, which is the standard-issue assault rifle in the Swiss Army, and virtually every man between the ages of 20-35 have such a weapon at home. Regulations about their use (or misuse) outside of active service is very strict, and so far there have been very few violations. I wonder if the militia policy will be rethought because of this.

Also, apparently it was not HIS SIG-90. It was either stolen or borrowed. According to Swiss law, the owner of a military weapon is responsible for the damage it causes if it is lost or stolen. So somebody is in deep do-do.

Charles


User currently offlineMarco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1092 times:

God bless the families of the victims as well as the victims. Like cfalk said, Switzerland doesn't seem like the country where something like this could happen.


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1086 times:

Funny, Not what happened of course but the article.

They made emphasis of the gun laws in Switzerland and where very specific about the weapon he chose to use.....

Not a mention was made of the "explosive device", AKA A BOMB!! that he set off while in the building.

Sorry but that is piss poor anti-gun reporting at it's worst.

The person who wrote that article has no buisness being a reporter.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1080 times:

The "explosive device" was apparently little more than a Molotov Cocktail. Destructive, but not very lethal.

Charles


User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1076 times:

I heard that yesterday. My friend from Lucerne called me and told me about it.

Cfalk you said that Americans spreading this shooting??? What do you mean by that???



User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1071 times:

All I meant was that the phenomenon of some nut walking into a post office, McDonalds, School or Office seems to have popped up in the U.S. first. Americans have even coined a term for it: "Going Postal". If I recall, this has happened with increasing frequency since sometime in the late 80's. Now we hear of it at least once per year, it seems.

It's all an issue of copycat crimes. Once one guy does it, some other jerk sees that as a possible solution to his own screwed-up problems. Thanks to the international media, I expect this guy got influenced.

What a better place it would be if he had simply done it the old fashioned way - suicide in the privacy of his own home.

Charles


User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1065 times:

This goes to show how the US is so focused on itself. (How we, as Americans, are in general, focused on ourselves.)
I have not heard about this in the news at all. Boo hoo.
I wrote a thesis comparing the US and French national news and one of the observations was that the French national news reported much more "international" news than the US national news did. Now, there are multiple factors there, but my point is that as an average American citizen, I, myself, would never have known about this.
Condolences to the families involved in this rampage.



Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineLeftseat86 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1057 times:

So true!!
You all (AMERICANS) probably didn't her about the petro-chemical plant that exploded here in Toulouse, killing 30 and injuring 1500, did you?
CNN, FOX = all BS


User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1044 times:

leftseat86- no i didn't hear about that...i am very sorry. the news stations here have about 3 mins an hour of "in the news".

I am really sorry to all the people of switzerland who were affected by this. I was in switzerland and the people there were very nice to us even though most of our group was stereotypical american. It bothers me to think of the serene country disturbed by such a horrible act. we are all brothers (and sisters) in the world now.


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